HU Tobacco Balkan Passion

The Balkans, a place which recent history has not been kind to, offers majestic landscapes, rich culture and a long tradition of tobacco growing. The famous Oriental Jebel tobaccos come from the Balkans and are usually blended with latakia, just like “Balkan Passion“. The result is a dry, smoky blend with a good measure of fine Oriental layers from Turkey and Greece. Latakia from Cyprus, sweet and spicy Virginia, and a fine touch of Louisiana perique further enhance the distinct character of “Balkan Passion“. …strong-flavored, smoky, dry.


Brand HU Tobacco
Series Original Warehouseblend
Blended By Hans Wiedemann
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Oriental
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 100 grams tin
Country Germany
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Tolerable to Strong
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.55 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 20, 2022 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong
Good "standard" Balkan blend. Ribbon cut, burns easily, plenty of taste. An excellent choice... but still not a match in terms of complexity and depth to Zulu.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2017 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
I wasn't too crazy about this blend, but I think it is more due to my own personal tastes than to the blend itself as it definitely has its fans.

To start with my personal limitations. I have yet to find a Balkan blend that incorporates perique, that I like. This was no exception to that. To my tastes perique and latakia need burley to come together. Now this is not a hard and fast rule as blends are not just designed with my tastes in mind, but Virginias and orientals just don't do it for me when perique meets latakia.

Second, I am not a fan of sour orientals. This blend does not over power you with sour notes, but the orientals used do ten to lean that way.

Now for the good. Of the blends that I have tried with the aforementioned characteristics, this is one of the better ones I have tried. I was able to smoke a bowl and not make a sour face. To me this lies between two and three stars. Two for me in that I would somewhat recommend that, but the recommendation would be ill advised since these types of blends are not really my thing. Three stars in that HU makes great tobaccos and that if you are into this kind of blend, then you would probably like it.

Based on all of the above and the many four star reviews on this site, I am putting three stars on this one. But if your tastes are more aligned to mine, skip this one and buy some Fayyum Kake.
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